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Would rain favor the Packers?

Must win the battle of the line of scrimmage


Ross from Sudbury, Ontario

Is Eddie Lacy's knee injury anything to be concerned about?

It gave me reason for pause. He's a player of critical importance to this team, especially in this game.

Colton from Galesville, WI

Vic, who's going to make the difference that won't show up on the stat sheet?

That's easy: the offensive linemen. The Packers must win up front.

Patricia from Portland, OR

Vic, when looking at momentum swings, it always surprises me how real they are or usually end up being. I'm wondering if you can please talk about momentum in a way that makes it concrete or explain why it has the undeniable effect that it so often does.

A sudden turn of events can create a momentum swing. For the team benefitting from the turn of events, the uplifting feeling creates aggressiveness. The other team is often left in a moment of regret, and that causes hesitation.

Eric from Mequon, WI

Vic, how much will time of possession play into this game? Are sustainable, 5-7 minute drives a key to victory for either team?

Time of possession and long drives will be important for what they would indicate, which is to say winning the battle of the line of scrimmage. That's the key in this game. The winner will have won the battle of the line of scrimmage.

Thomas from Austin, TX

Which position group has the toughest matchup on Sunday? I'd say it's the wide receivers. If they have a tough time getting open, and I think they might, it's going to be a long day for Aaron Rodgers.

I would agree the Packers' wide receivers are facing a stiff challenge from the best secondary in the game. They won't win all of the one-on-ones, but they have to win enough of them to give Rodgers an open man.

John from Deerfield, IL

Vic, no one this week has mentioned the fact the Seahawks have not been dominating opponents until the fourth quarter. For at least the last six games, they really haven't put anyone away until then. For the Packers to win, their play in the fourth quarter will be key, even if they have a lead as it begins.

The Seahawks possess all of the traits of a power football team. Physical, run-the-ball teams play a patient game. They wear you down and beat you up and they almost always win the fourth quarter. The Packers know that about the Seahawks. The Packers know they have to play the same way. Finesse won't win this game. Power will.

Jack from Wausau, WI

Why is the mainstream media writing off a potential Packers win?

The Seahawks are No. 1 in the NFC, they're playing at home and the opposing quarterback has a leg injury. Why are Packers fans struggling with the role of underdog?

Joshua from Seattle, WA

How will Rodgers hold up against the fast pass rush from Seattle?

He's counting on his offensive line to protect him from that rush. It's what has to happen for the Packers to win. That's the battle of the line of scrimmage.

Chris from Oshkosh, WI

Vic, is it better to be an underdog in a game like this? Everywhere I have gone, I see experts giving no chance to the Packers at all. I hear that without a healthy and mobile Rodgers we have no shot. It angers me and I'm hoping it gives the Packers motivation. I ask again, is it good to be the underdog?

Obviously, it's not good for you. I don't understand why it's so infuriating. As for the players, they don't care one way or the other.

Jerry from Wilmington, NC

Vic, why are the Packers leaving a day earlier than normal? I thought coaches love routines.

Circadian rhythm?

Jeff from Farmington, NM

How did Dallas beat Seattle in Seattle?

The Cowboys doubled up the Seahawks in rushing yardage.

Scott from Wausau, WI

Vic, hard rush Russell Wilson or containment rush? I'd say containment, because he is dangerous on the run. With his shorter stature, I'd like to keep him contained, with tall guys with arms up in front of him.

I agree. I don't want to see him out of the pocket. That's when trouble begins. Make him be a pocket passer.

Laurel from Edinburg, VA

Vic, my husband says rain in Seattle is good for the Packers, because the receivers have the advantage of the cut. I think he's full of bird droppings. That defense is too good.

I agree with your husband. I think a slower track would favor the Packers.

Ric from Longmont, CO

Perhaps more important than the forecast of rain is the forecast for 10-20 mph winds in Seattle on Sunday. Advantage Rodgers?

Advantage running game.

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